GSAT high performer loves the violin

Nia plays the violin during a musical item by the graduating class.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The saying "yuh likkle but yuh tallawah" is definitely true for 11-year-old Nia Adonis, who though small in body, looms large academically. Nia achieved a 98 per cent average in the recent Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), earning the distinction of being the top student ... Read More

Men at work
in Santa Cruz. Pipe-laying project set to ease water problems in Santa Cruz
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — In recent weeks residents, pedestrians, motorists and business oper ... Read More

Manager of Fruitalicious
Mandeville Michelle Lawe. Fruitalicious employs 15 in Mandeville
MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- Preparation work in past weeks was noticeable as the proprietors of Fruita ... Read More

SAVE OUR BOYS! Photo: Save our boys!
Using the theme ‘Save our boys from abuse and violence through education’ the Boys&rsquo ... Read More

Diary - July 27

Monday, July 27, 2015    

A diary

1) Wednesday, July 29 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Big Stage Performers Workshop Cecil Charlton Hall Mandeville -- 10:00am 2)Friday, July 31 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Emancipation Vigil Courthouse Grounds Mandeville -- 8:00pm 3) Friday, July 31 Black River Day Activities include: Float Parade, Boat Race, Health Fair, Car Show, Fashion Show, Stage Show St Elizabeth -- 9:00am 4) Friday, July 31- Sunday, August 2 Jamaica Agricultural Society 63rd Stagin ... Read More

Gov't committed to sugar sector -- Buchanan

Monday, July 27, 2015    

State minister for agriculture, labour and social security, Luther
Buchanan (at podium), addressing the Sugar Industry Delegates’
Conference at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on Thursday.
Executives of the Sugar Producers Federation of Jamaica at the head
table (from left) are Executive Chairman Deryck Brown and Director of
Industrial Relations and Training Michael Martin

STATE minister for agriculture, labour and social security, Luther Buchanan, says that the Government will continue to work with sugar industry stakeholders to ensure that the sector remains sustainable. "The Government has an undying commitment to the success of the agricultural sector and specifically to the success of the sugar industry, which is the largest subsector, largest employer of labour and the largest foreign exchange earner in the agricultural sector," Buchanan said in an address ... Read More

Overseas help for Santa Cruz Centre of Excellence

Monday, July 27, 2015    

Co-chair, Jamaican Diaspora Health Sector North-east USA, Claudette Powell (second right)
makes a presentation to Senior Public Health Nurse Erica Dennis-Smith while Regional Director
Michael Bent (right), Parish Manager Sean Brissett (left) and Public Health Nurse Sasha Forbes
look on.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- The Santa Cruz Centre of Excellence recently received significant help in the form of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals from overseas donors, according to a news release circulated here. Co-chair, Jamaican Diaspora Health Sector Northeast USA, Claudette Powell was reported as having said the donors recognised and supported the Jamaican health ministry's focus on primary health care, non-communicable diseases and Vision 2030. The donation included a pulse oximete ... Read More

Cricket invasion

Monday, July 27, 2015    


MANDEVILLE, Manchester - The annual West Indies Under-19 cricket tournament is ongoing in south central Jamaica between July 22 and August 2. Seven teams, defending champions Guyana, hosts Jamaica, Windward Islands, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands and Canada are participating. Competition is taking place in Manchester, St Elizabeth, Clarendon and St Catherine at six grounds: St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Manchester High School, Jamalco, Ewarton, Chedwin Park ... Read More

Norman Manley hailed for rich legacy

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Children enjoying the view
at Roxborough following
the civic ceremony.

ROXBOROUGH, Manchester -- Through a collaboration between the Manchester Parish Council and the Manchester Cultural Development Committee, a civic ceremony was held here earlier this month to celebrate the 122nd birthday of national hero, Norman Washington Manley. The event -- held annually at Manley's birthplace -- attracted guests of all age groups. Minister of the Mandeville Baptist Circuit of Churches Dr Learoy Campbell urged the audience to continue to cultivate and foster that culture of ... Read More

Photo: Clarendon hero

Monday, July 13, 2015    

Clarendon HERO — HOUSTON, Texas — Reggae Boyz captain and son of Clarendon Rodolph Austin shoots at the Canadian goal during Jamaica’s CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Texas on Saturday. Austin scored the lone goal of the game to give Jamaica a precious three points. (PHOTO: AFP)

HOUSTON, Texas -- Reggae Boyz captain and son of Clarendon Rodolph Austin shoots at the Canadian goal during Jamaica's CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Texas on Saturday. Austin scored the lone goal of the game to give Jamaica a precious three points. (PHOTO: AFP) Clarendon hero --> Read More

Frolic in the Grove

Monday, July 13, 2015    

Custos of Manchester Sally Porteous greets Governor General Sir Patrick Allen as
he arrives for the event.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- A fundraiser for the renovation and expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department at Percy Junor Hospital was among the activities held to commemorate the hospital's 70th anniversary being observed this year. The event, dubbed 'Frolic in the Grove', was held at home of former Southern Regional Health Authority board chair Faye Bell and her husband Maxie. Guests were treated to a diverse meal, soothing music and had the option of purchasing art, pottery and orchid ... Read More

More pit latrines removed in Region 5

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 13, 2015    

The new toilet building
at Frankfield Primary
and Infant School in
Southern Manchester.

FRANKFIELD, Manchester -- The Education Ministry's goal to eliminate pit latrines from schools came closer to fruition last month with the official opening of modern toilets at Frankfield Primary and Infant School in Southern Manchester. Pit latrines, which are still used primarily in rural areas, are regarded as unhygienic and hazardous to children. Building officer in Region 5, which encompasses Manchester and St Elizabeth, Courtney Hamilton, told the Jamaica Observer Central that the conver ... Read More

NW Manley's birthplace goes solar

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Staff reporter sutehrlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 13, 2015    

The Norman Manley
museum at Roxborough.

ROXBOROUGH, Manchester -- Prior to late last year, Roxborough in Central Manchester, the birthplace of National Hero Norman Manley -- particularly the caretaker's cottage -- had to make do with lighting from sources such as kerosene lamps. However, visitors to the July 4 celebration commemorating the 122nd anniversary of Manley's birth this year were greeted with the sight of solar panels at the 3 1/2 acre property. Anthony Freckleton, chairman of the South Coast Resort Board and a director of ... Read More

A glorious season!

Monday, July 13, 2015    

A glorious season!

St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), by far the most successful in Jamaica's schoolboy cricket over the last 35 years, were again the lead celebrants at the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Awards Ceremony held recently at Golf View Hotel in Mandeville. Here, members of the all-conquering STETHS Under-19 team for the 2015 season, supported by GraceKennedy Group CEO Don Wehby (second right), display the ISSA/GraceKennedy Spalding Cup, the symbol of all-island schoolboy cricket dominance. The trop ... Read More



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